Teriyaki Chicken with Stir Fried Cabbage

Close up final

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

I’ve loved Asian cuisine as far back as I can remember. In fact, there is a moment in time even further back than I can remember, where I first professed this love. In a tape-recorded conversation, for the benefit of my future 18 year-old self, my mother asked 3 year-old me what I liked to eat. I excitedly replied “Chicken and Chinese food!”

So today I bring to you one of my favorite home cooked meals. And I think my 3 year-old self would approve. I do a lot of stir-frying, but this is my favorite recipe in recent times. This sweet and crunchy meal is remarkably quick to make too.

Ingredients

½ Cabbage
1 lb chicken breast, cut into 2 inch strips
½ tsp and ¼ tsp sesame oil, separated
1 T olive oil
¼ C and 2 T soy sauce, separated
¼ C red wine (any type is fine)
Slightly less than ¼ C Mirin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 T sesame seeds

Directions

1. Heat small-medium size frying pan on burner at medium heat. Add chopped cabbage. Cook for 5-6 minutes. Add ¼ tsp sesame oil and 2 T soy sauce. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, so that the cabbage is no longer raw, but still crunchy. Remove from heat.

The cabbage is cooked but still maintains its shape and crisp texture.

You can see here that the cabbage is cooked but still maintains its shape and crisp texture.

I find its harder to overcook chicken when it has been cut into slices.

I find its harder to overcook chicken when it has been cut into slices versus cubes.

2.  Heat olive oil and sesame oil in medium size frying pan on burner at medium high heat. Add chicken and cook 2-3 minutes, so that the chicken pieces are seared on each side. Then turn down to medium heat and add the remaining soy sauce, red wine, mirin, and garlic powder. The mixture will bubble and evaporate – allow this to happen for a couple of minutes, until the inside of chicken pieces are fully cooked.

3. Serve chicken on top of cabbage, and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

You can see the liquids bubbling up and evaporating. If you prefer to make a thick sauce, add a teaspoon of flour, boil for a minute, then cook at a simmer for several minutes.

You can see the liquids bubbling up and evaporating. If you prefer to make a thick sauce, add a teaspoon of flour, boil for a minute, then cook at a simmer for several minutes.

Ta-da! Final version, delicious and ready to serve.

Ta-da! Final version, delicious and ready to serve.

This meal is super healthy and super delicious. It’s almost perfect for those that are carb shy! If like me, you’re a carb lover, make some homemade stir fry rice with whatever veggies you have on hand. Its an excellent way to pack more veggies into your meal. I typically use the following ingredients to make the accompanying rice dish:

 2 cups of veggies
2 cups of cooked rice
1 scrambled egg
2 T soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 T garlic powder
2 T chili powder
With rice

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One comment

  1. […] to your meals (may I suggest Chinese Chicken and Stir Fried Broccoli, Thai Ginger Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken with Stir Fried Cabbage, or Sweet and Spicy Pork Dumplings). They also make for a great healthy, afternoon […]

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